Student Chapters

ACS’s nationwide network of nearly 200 law school student chapters is fostering a new generation of progressive leaders. A list of all student chapters is available here.
If you are interested in helping to organize an ACS student chapter, please contact Student Chapters at or 202-393-6181.
Not yet an ACS student member? Join our network today.


SAVE THE DATE  Call to Action: Solidarity in the States

March 31- April 1, 2017

Duke University School of Law Durham, NC

Plan to join ACS and nearly 200 other student leaders in Durham for two days of progressive programming and training on March 31-April 1, 2017. Stay tuned for more details! 


ACS National Writing Competitions
ACS encourages all students who have written or will write a paper on constitutional law to submit their work to ACS's Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition. The winning author will receive $3,000 and an offer of publication in the UPenn Journal of Constitutional Law. Each of the two runners-up will receive $1,000. The deadline for the 2017 Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition is February 12, 2017.
ACS is excited to annouce two annual national writing competitions. The winning author of the 7th annual Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law will receive a cash prize as well as special recognition at the ACS National Convention and on the ACS website. The deadline for 2017 Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition is February 5, 2017. 

Program Guides

2016 Next Generation Leader and Board Member Application

ACS is pleased to offer its student members two opportunities to enhance their engagement in the organization’s work: the ACS Next Generation Leaders (NGL) program and a two-year term on the ACS Board of Directors.
Students graduating in 2016, 2017 and 2018 who are ACS national members are eligible to apply for the NGL program. Students applying for the Board of Directors must also apply for the NGL program or already be an NGL. 2016 graduates are not eligible to apply for the Board of Directors position.
Click here for more information and to download the application form.
The submission deadline has passed

Discounted 3L Membership
After graduation, continue to stay active in one of ACS's more than 40 lawyer chapters around the country. ACS offers a Discounted Young Lawyer Membership rate of $10 to 2016 graduates, so be sure to take advantage of this deal. Your membership will be good through December 2017!

2016 National Convention: June 9-11, 2016

Thank you to all of our students that attended this year's National Convention. It was a huge success and we hope everyone that attended had a memorable experience.  
Each year at the National Convention, ACS recognizes student chapters that hold outstanding programming. We would like to congratulate the following student chapters for their work during the 2015-2016 academic year.
First, the Rising Chapter of the Year Award went to Georgia State University College of Law for having made the greatest strides as a new or recently revived chapter in establishing a presence on campus, focused on ACS priorities. Second, the Reproductive Rights and Justice Award, presented by ACS and the Center for Reproductive Rights, went to Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law for having placed a significant focus on reproductive rights and justice.
Next, the Programming Award went to the following chapters for conducting at least 20 substantive events, mainly focused on ACS priorities, during the school year: The University of Chicago Law School; Duke University School of Law; Harvard Law School; IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law; Indiana University Maurer School of Law; Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law; The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; University of Pennsylvania Law School; Stanford Law School; UCLA School of Law; and Yale Law School.
Finally, the Student Chapter of the Year Award was awarded to the Duke University School of Law for having shown the greatest overall strength in meeting ACS’s mission and goals. Thank you to our students, and congratulations to all!
Visit the official convention website for more information!
Be sure to check out highlights from the 2015 ACS National Convention



2016 Program Guide:
The 2015 Program Guide:
An Update to the 2014 Program Guide:
Constitutional Interpretation Events:

Consider holding an ACS event on constitutional interpretation! Here are some suggestions for topic ideas: Keeping Faith with the Constitution, It is a Constitution We Are Expounding, The Framers’ Constitution: Toward a Theory of Principled Constitutionalism, The Constitution in 2020 or Windsor, Shelby County, and the Demise of Originalism: A Personal Account.

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Student Chapter of the Week October 3
The University of Pennsylvania Law School

Under the guidance of their faculty advisor, Professor Kermit Roosevelt, the University of Pennsylvania Law School ACS Student Chapter has had an active year thus far. Over the summer, the chapter worked with the Federalist Society to persuade the law school to (1) record all classes scheduled during election day and (2) offer excused absences to any student volunteering on election day. This semester, the chapter hosted a Fall Semester Kick-Off Meeting where they introduced their board and upcoming programming to a classroom of first year law students. On September 22, they held their first substantive event: a discussion with three constitutional law professors about potential reforms to the Supreme Court, including term limits and financial reporting. The chapter also hosted a voter registration drive and a debate watch party. In conjunction with the Federalist Society, the chapter also cosponsored an event with NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent, Nina Totenberg, about her work and the Supreme Court. The chapter is also hosting the ACS Northeast Regional Convening. This two-day convening will cover a variety of topics, including state courts and diversity on the bench, rights and religious exemptions, police reform, abortion rights, and free speech on college campuses. 

Student Chapter of the Week September 26
The University of Texas School of Law 

As the school year begins, the University of Texas School of Law’s ACS Chapter is excited to bring robust programming to their campus this year, including ACS’s regional conference—Getting Radical In The South (GRITS) on October 14-15, 2016.  While increasing their membership and building coalitions inside and outside of the law school (with other progressive organizations and practitioners), the Chapter, under the guidance of co-faculty advisors, Professors William ForbathLynn Blais and Joseph Fishkin, is hosting a variety of events that range from voting rights to a conversation on police-community relations.  The Chapter is also focused on lifting up the work being done in Texas surrounding reproductive justice.  In collaboration with If, When, How (formerly LSRJ), Jane’s Due Process and the Lilith Fund, the Chapter will focus on programming that supports and advances the fight for reproductive justice in Texas and across the country.

Highlights of the Chapter’s programming and achievements are below:

·         A Reproductive Justice 101 Training with Lilith Fund Executive Director, Amanda Williams.

·         A discussion and presentation on Voting Rights in Texas and Beyond, which included a Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR) training. The event featured the ACLU of Florida’s Nancy AbuduChad Dunn of Brazil & Dunn (who is litigating the Texas Voter ID case) and Cassandra Champion of the Texas Civil Rights Project in Austin.

·         ACS President Kendall Williams recently published an article on ABA for Law Students about Gavel Gap.

·         A Welcome Back Happy Hour to introduce UT Law’s new students to ACS.

·         A strategy meeting with the Austin Lawyer Chapter executive board.

·         The Chapter was a sponsor for Change It Up!, a public interest program that featured Rudy Acree, Jr., the Deputy Director of the Public Defender Service for D.C.

·         The End of an Era: The Supreme Court & the 2016 Election with Jason Steed discussing the Supreme Court over the past 45 years, the pivotal nature of the Garland appointment and the 2016 election.


For more great ideas from our student chapters, please click here.